Mr Nicholas Duncan Williams, 48, the founding pastor of the popular charismatic church, Christian Action Faith Ministries, facilitated an overseas visit to London by his wife, Mrs Francesca Duncan Williams, a fortnight ago.
While she was away, he quietly tip-toed to an Accra High Court with a lawyer in town and obtained a court order divorcing his wife of 25 years.
Mrs Duncan Williams's lawyer was not in court and a junior lawyer could hardly mount any resistance, as the man who engineered his own coronation as an Archbishop impressed upon the court that he wanted out of the marriage, despite heart-rending appeals by his wife.
Just when the judge granted the divorce, the senior lawyer representing Francesca, Messrs Brookman Amissah, appeared and after a quick call to Francesca, assured the judge that the divorce application was being contested by his client, despite Pastor Duncan Williams' posturing.
He therefore filed an action to reverse the judge's order and this was promptly accepted and fixed for next week for adjudication.
The Chronicle gathered that lawyers acting for the swanky Action church founder and self-styled Archbishop, Messrs Bentsi Enchill and Co., dropped the brief for Duncan Williams.
Mr Ace Ankomah, a partner of the law firm, is a known Christian and it was gathered that pressure was brought to bear on him through one Pastor, Emmanuel Ansah of Soul Clinic, that he as a Christian and highly regarded member of the Christian Lawyers' Association should not assist in such an enterprise, contrary to all the known teachings of Christ, particularly when it involves a man who is regarded as a Man of God.
Ankomah, one of the new breed of legal whiz kids, reportedly refused to continue with the brief.
Undeterred, Duncan Williams and some of his men managed to find another law firm, Bram Larbi, to assist in prosecuting his agenda, and so Duncan Williams dressed up last week Monday, met his new lawyers to press on, not with his eyes on the Throne of Glory, but on getting rid of his wife with whom he has three children.
The Chronicle can report on authority that Francesca has been praying, hoping, crying and begging for a healing of the marriage and has remained resolute in her faith in God to heal the marriage and help her husband resist the wiles of Satan.
Duncan Williams was on the receiving end of admonitions from the renowned charismatic black bishop of America, T. D. Jakes, when he broached the subject of divorce nearly three years ago.
The Bishop intervened and counseled him to "go and work on the marriage". The couple got back together and tried to make it work. But recently, Duncan Williams, who has made a lot of money on the preaching circuit, managed to win over the children from the marriage who were raised by Francesca when they moved out to Maryland in the United States, until the eldest, Nana Ama, completed her education.
Amazingly, Nana Ama who has acquired a taste for the good life is said to be supportive of his father in his divorce effort.
There is universal acknowledgement that if Duncan Williams divorce efforts succeed, he must abdicate as the prime bishop of the Christian Action Faith Ministries because even the worldly King of England, Edward of Old, abdicated the throne to pursue the love of his life because the British Monarchy did not look kindly to a foreigner becoming wife of the King.
Indeed the Bible does not countenance divorce except on grounds of adultery, and even then the proviso is that the man must not remarry.
For Duncan Williams, he may be laying the foundation for the collapse of the integrity of the Church he founded, and a spread of divorces in Ghana because people would readily refer to him and say: "Even the Archbishop Duncan Williams himself has divorced; how much me, a mere church member"?
Duncan Williams is currently out of the country after getting his temporary "free note"